Charouz Racing System have announced the signing of Italian racer Francesco Pizzi, who will make the step up to Formula 3 from Formula Regional.

Pizzi only made his single-seater debut in 2020, but won the UAE Formula 4 title in his first season with three poles and 10 podiums, including eight wins.

In the same year, Pizzi also finished second in Italian F4, where he added a further seven podiums and three wins to his collection.

Stepping up to Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine for 2021, Pizzi endured a more challenging campaign, but still managed to score 12 points and finish 20th in an experienced field.

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Pizzi tested F3 machinery in 2020 at Jerez with MP Motorsport
Pizzi tested F3 machinery in 2020 at Jerez with MP Motorsport

Although he didn’t take part in the 2021 post-season tests, Pizzi did run MP Motorsport’s F3 machine at testing in Jerez in 2020.

“I am obviously very excited to be joining Charouz Racing System,” said Pizzi. “I really enjoyed the work we have already done together in the last few days at the factory.

“This is a great opportunity for me because the team has shown that it can be the right place for a young driver. I intend to make the most of this chance while doing the best possible job for the team.”

Charouz Team Owner Antonín Charouz added: “We're very pleased to add another important piece to our 2022 line-up. Francesco has already demonstrated with his past results that he has excellent potential, we’re sure that he will be able right away to do his best working with all the engineers and mechanics in order to prepare for the first races and show what he can do in such a competitive championship.

“The beginning of the season is approaching very quickly and the whole team is already working very hard to start off on the right foot and build a season that lives up to our expectations."